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March 27, 2013/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



Karen Baker Landers won Academy Awards for


(Winston-Salem) Two-time Academy Award-wining sound editor Karen Baker Landers will visit the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) on Friday for a screening of her recent film SKYFALL. She will also work one-on-one with sound designers for senior thesis films, and will participate in a question-and-answer session for film students.

Landers won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Editing for SKYFALL. She was supervising sound editor for the 23rd installment of the James Bond series, which won a second Oscar for its theme song. Her first Academy Award was for sound editing for 2008’s THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. She has also won two awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), for THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM and for RAY in 2004.

“Karen Baker Landers is certainly among the most accomplished sound editors working in film today,” said UNCSA Interim Film Dean Susan Ruskin. “With credits that include blockbusters like GLADIATOR (2000), BRAVEHEART (1995), and BLADE RUNNER (1982), she has a level of expertise that is second to none.”

Assistant Dean Wade Wilson, who also chairs UNCSA’s film editing and sound design department, worked alongside Landers for years at Soundelux Studios in Hollywood. He invited Landers to visit UNCSA, and believes exposure to industry leaders is an immeasurable benefit for students. “Access to an artist of her caliber is an amazing opportunity for our students,” he said. “They will learn from her experience, and will be inspired by her body of work.”

Landers at the 85th Academy Awards
                                           Photo Courtesy Oscar Wiki

Landers’ visit is especially exciting for students working on thesis films, who are “crossing the finish line in the post-production process,” Wilson said.  “To have her guidance is tremendous for these students as they prepare to begin professional careers in film,” he said.

Landers’ career in sound editing spans five decades, and includes two films in 1988 (EVERYBODY’S ALL AMERICAN and ARTHUR 2: ON THE ROCKS) with the legendary sound editor Frank Warner.  In addition to her Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards, she has won three Golden Reel Awards from the Motion Picture Sound Editors (SKYFALL, BOURNE ULTIMATUM, and BLACKHAWK DOWN in 2001), and a Satellite Award for THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM.

She is supervising sound editor for the upcoming HANSEL and GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS.

In SKYFALL, Daniel Craig stars as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in the longest-running film franchise of all time. Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. While MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.  

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.